By: Juggie Padayachee – chairperson of the SAESI education committee
The recent articles in newspapers and over the national news has indicated alleged fraudulent practices carried out by students whilst attempting their examinations at schools.
This is not new but this alleged practices is also being carried out by some firefighters during their examinations. Being a very sensitive issue, these matters were dealt with as per the rules and regulations of the exams.
During the past few years there has been an increase in these fraudulent practices and reports have been submitted by the invigilators and in some cases by students themselves to ensure that all qualifications are obtained through studying and not through unethical means.
The reports submitted were (among others) for:
- Swopping of answer books.
- Crib notes.
- Swopping cover pages of answer books.
This was not published before but I think it is high time that people know about these alleged practices. I have the greatest respect for people who are honest in what they are doing. The alleged fraudsters must note that we are serious about education and that all necessary steps are taken to prevent this.
Some people take offence when they are disciplined via a tribunal and they feel they are the victims in the whole process. This is not true as you are given an opportunity to defend your actions, please note the process as follows. Myself as the chairperson nominates people to do the investigations and then deal with the matter and signs the letter where a sanction is given. All these outcomes are sent to the chief fire officer and the municipal manager of the area of jurisdictions. This is done as one must consider that the managers use these qualifications for promotions, give you time off to write, allows study leave, and in some instances even pay for the studies.
A plea to all students: go in with a positive attitude, study hard, write these exams, and you will pass. I always remind people of how proud I am of them when they obtain these qualifications. This way you can proudly hang them on your wall, knowing that you deserve it and earned it the right way.